LSUU E-Newsletter September 19, 2019

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a terrific start. I have heard from a number of teachers, support staff and administrators that the energy, enthusiasm and excitement levels are the highest they’ve experienced in their years working in Lamoille South. 

I’m thrilled that Morristown Elementary School, Stowe Elementary School and Peoples Academy Middle Level have received Vermont Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (VTPBIS) merit ribbons for the 2018-2019 school year. VTPBIS is a state-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.

Merit ribbons were awarded to the schools for implementing universal PBIS and using behavior data within a problem-solving framework to improve student outcomes. Schools who implement PBIS have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of behavior problems experienced. 

Looking ahead, we are excited about our community engagement session and hearing your hopes and dreams for our newly unified district. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Peoples Academy.  The evening will include a light dinner, student entertainment and an opportunity for small group discussion around two of the board’s key areas of exploration: quality/equity and capital/facilities.  We hope you will join us and get to know our new, unified community. 

Best,
Tracy

 

LSUU Board Brief

LSUU School Board Statement Regarding Jury Verdict in Civil Suit, Bain v Wrend
The LSUU Board has retained independent counsel, Robert Luce, of Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC, to assist us in understanding both the jury verdict and the next steps in the legal process in the civil lawsuit involving Superintendent Wrend. 

We understand there is a lot of concern about the costs to our taxpayers of defending this case and possible appeals. Please understand that the District’s insurance company is covering all the legal fees and costs associated with this case. There is no cost to the District. 

The board will continue to monitor the case and have discussions to determine best steps forward.

Highlights of what the board reviewed in our meeting include:

Elementary School Program Review
Nina Slade (SES Principal), Kate Torrey (MES Principal), and Tracy Wrend (TES Principal) presented a comparison of SES, MES, and TES school/class sizes, staff, extracurricular activities, supports for struggling learners, community involvement, traditions, and supplemental funding. 

The board’s goal is to continue hearing from the middle and high school principals through the fall and then have a discussion early winter about our LSUU priorities and expectations as they relate to quality and equity.

Opening Day Enrollment
Student enrollment remains consistent with the previous year. Elmore-Morristown: 906 students 2019; 909 students 2018. Stowe: 847 students 2019; 848 students 2018.

Policies - First Read
We are going through the process of formally adopting LSUU policies. Policies identified by the board as needing additional conversation were pulled for further review.

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